Euro 2020: Liverpool’s star defender Virgil van Dijk rules himself out of Euro 2020 

Euro 2020: Virgil van Dijk has ruled himself out of European Championship, and is instead targeting a return to club action with Liverpool
Euro 2020: Virgil van Dijk has ruled himself out of European Championship, and is instead targeting a return to club action with Liverpool

Euro 2020: Virgil van Dijk rules himself out of Euro 2020 due to injury; Virgil van Dijk has ruled himself out of this summer’s European Championship, and is instead targeting a return to club action with Liverpool in time for the 2021-22 campaign.

The Netherlands captain has been sidelined since October after suffering a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in a challenge with Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

The 29-year-old has, however, been progressing well in his rehabilitation, and has been pictured working with a ball at Liverpool’s Kirkby training ground, as well as posting videos of himself running outside.

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Euro 2020: Virgil van Dijk rules himself out of Euro 2020 due to injury; Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, Van Dijk said: “Things have been going well, I’ve not had a real setback or anything, I’ve just progressed nicely. In this latest stage for myself, I have come to a decision that I had to make: would I be involved in the Euros, yes or no?

“With everything that is going on, I feel physically it is the right decision that I’ve decided not to go to the Euros and to go into my last phase of rehab during the off-season. So, the full focus will be on pre-season with the club and that’s a realistic goal, so I am looking forward to that.

Van Dijk has certainly been missed, both by club and country.

Liverpool’s decline has been spectacular without their defensive leader. Jurgen Klopp’s side sit sixth in the Premier League table, and will likely need to win all of their remaining four matches if they are to have any chance of squeezing into the final Champions League qualification spot.

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